Northern Cape – Karoo

Map Karoo - Northern Cape

Northern Cape - Karoo


The Karoo area of the Northern Cape stretches eastwards along the boundary with the Western Cape, the bounadary of the Eastern Cape and the boundary with the Free State Provinces in the south.  It then follows the boundary of the Northern Cape northwards along the provincial boundary past Kimberley.  The boundary then follows to the south of the N14 and then southwards to include the towns of Kenhardt, Carnarvon, and Victoria West. This area is often referred to as the Great Karoo region.


This area can best be described as a semiarid region which is home to assorted succulents and low shrub bushes.  The vegetation is sparse and far apart.  There is no surface water present in this area, ie. rivers or dams.  Water is often pumped from underground water sources and windmills are a common sight throughout this area.  The semiarid characteristic of this area resulted in the region deriving its name from the Khoisan word meaning 'land of thirst'.

The area is known for its sheep farming, and although large game is not abundant in this region, it does have a large variety of smaller mammals.  The Riverine Rabbit is endemic to this part of the world, but is sadly on the brink of extinction due to habitat loss.  This region was also once known to home to large herds of Quagga, but sadly these distinctively coloured antelopes became extinct.


Main national transport routes connecting  the city of Cape Town via Bloemfontein, Johannesburg and Pretoria up to the border with Zimbabwe, run through this area.  The main road N1 and main rail routes bisect this area from north east to south west.   None the less, the distances between towns in this area are enormous due to its sparse population.

Star Gazing

The area is part of the Great Escarpment, which is a large high-lying plateau.  The town of Sutherland, located north of the N1 highway through the Verlatenkloof Pass, is reputed to be the coldest town in South Africa with average minimum temperatures of -6 degrees during winter.  Snowfalls are also a common sight in Sutherland in winter.  The South Africa Astronomical Observatory built its Southern African Large Telescope, the largest optical telescope in the southern Hemisphere, just 20km outside of the town.  Further north-west, outside the town of Carnarvon, the SKA (Square Kilometer Array) is located. This project currently consists of seven radio dishes which scan and document our galaxy and our Milky Way.  This area is the ideal location for astronomical observatories as there are clear skies, an absence of artificial lights and high altitudes.  Also, the area is techtonically completely inactive, meaning that it is not prone to earthquakes.

Towns and Villages

The driest part of this region is located towards the southwestern corner.  Here the region receives less than 75mm of rainfall annually.  This area is called the Tankwa Karoo.  The Karoo area is also home to the independent state of Orania, a self-proclaimed Afrikaner volkstaat, and Hopetown, the first town that was established on the news of the first recorded diamond find, are also located within this region.

What to expect

This region offers visitors vast plains, endless vistas, majestic mountains, crystal-clear air and interesting natural and historical sites.  The Karoo invites its visitors to take a step off the beaten track and explore the area on foot, on horseback, on a mountain bike or in a 4x4 vehicle.

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Northern Cape - Karoo

Listing of Camp and Caravan Sites

Below is a listing of camping and caravan sites in the Karoo Region of the Northern Cape Province.
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Britstown Caravan Park - Britstown

Britstown Caravan Park


Broadwater Estate - Douglas


Die Sandgat - Orania

Die Sandgat

Doornkloof Nature Reserve - Colesberg

Doornkloof Nature Reserve


Duin in die Weg - Gariep

Duin in die Weg

Joalani - Victoria West


Kambro - Britstown


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Kimberley Caravan Park - Kimberley

Kimberley Caravan Park


Melton Wold - Victoria West

Melton Wold

Onze Rust - Colesberg

Onze Rust

Palm Caravan Park - Kimberley

Palm Caravan Park


Paradise Guest Farm - Victoria West

Paradise Guest Farm

River Destiny Lodge - Colesberg

River Destiny

Riverside Country Club - Kimberley

Riverside Country Club

Rolfontein - Kimberley

Rolfontein Campsite


Rooidam - Britstown


Saaiplaas - Sutherland


Online booking

Skurweberg Bush Camp - Sutherland


Sterland Caravan Park - Sutherland


Stofkraal Guest Farm - Sutherland


Online booking

Tankwa Karoo Biesjesfontein - Sutherland


Online booking

Tankwa Karoo Langkloof - Sutherland

Tankwa Karoo - Langkloof

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Tankwa Karoo Oom Rickert se huis - Sutherland

Tankwa Karoo - Oom Rickert se huis

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Tankwa Karoo Perdekloof - Sutherland

Tankwa Karoo - Perdekloof

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Tankwa Karoo Pyperseboom - Sutherland

Tankwa Karoo - Pyperseboom

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Tankwa Karoo Skaapwagterspos - Sutherland

Tankwa Karoo - Skaapwagterspos

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Tankwa Karoo Steenkamphoek - Sutherland

Tankwa Karoo - Steenkampshoek

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Tankwa Karoo Volmoesfontein - Sutherland

Tankwa Karoo - Volmoesfontein

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Van Zylsvlei B&B - Colesberg

Van Zylsvlei

Vanderkloof Holiday Resort - Orania


Verlatenkloof - Sutherland


Victoria West Caravan Park - Victoria West

Victoria West Caravan Park


We are constantly on the lookout for more camping sites in this area.

Please let us know if we are missing any camping sites, and we will include them in our listings. You can send us an email at 

Please note that we are not responsible for bookings at any of the sites listed above.

The Ikamu website offers a listing of camping sites in the region.  We do not take any responsibility should the camp site information become inaccurate or incomplete.  Ikamu also does not take any responsibility for any poorly managed camp sites or camping facilities.

This webpage was designed by an enthusiastic camper who wants to enable other campers to find their ideal camping site.